PERFECT BIRTHDAY SCORE
Happy returns for Curry as Warriors end losing streak
STEPHEN Curry scored 29 points on his 29th birthday as the Golden State Warriors staged a fourth quarter rally to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers and halt their three-game losing streak on Tuesday.
The Warriors looked to be heading for a shock defeat at the Oracle Arena after the hapless Sixers led by 12 points at the end of the third quarter.
But a defiant defensive performance from Warriors stalwart Draymond Green and some merciless shooting from Curry saw the Dubs home in a nail-biting 106-104 victory that saw them improve to 53-14.
As well as his 29-point haul, Curry had six rebounds and four assists.
Green meanwhile scored 20 points and snared eight rebounds and eight assists in a crucial performance that also included six blocks.
The Sixers, who fell to 24-43 with the defeat, saw Dario Saric top score with 25 points while Jahlil Okafor added 22 points.
Curry was relieved to have drawn a line under the Warriors recent run of poor form.
“It’s been a rough week obviously. Every NBA team go through it at some point, we just gotta keep fighting,” Curry said.
“Draymond said something in a timeout in the first quarter that we needed to get our flow back. And it might not be pretty but that was accurate to say the least how the game went tonight.”
Curry also praised Green’s fourth quarter performance which helped the Warriors get over the line. “Fourth quarter what Draymond did was amazing,” Curry said.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, there were easy wins for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, with both LeBron James and Russell Westbrook notching triple doubles for their respective teams.
James, 32, constructed his 10th tripledouble of the season in the Cavs 128-96 blowout over the Detroit Pistons.
The Cavaliers star — who has now notched four triple-doubles in March alone — finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
It was the latest evidence that James is switching into playoff mode as he has done consistently when the business end of the season comes into view.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue however insisted James’ form had been solid for months.
“He hasn’t done anything different,” Lue said. “He’s almost averaging a tripledouble. I think he’s averaging 26 (points), nine (assists), and eight (rebounds). That’s almost a triple-double every single night,” Lue said.
Westbrook meanwhile was given a standing ovation by an appreciative New York crowd at the Barclays Centre as the Thunder romped past the Brooklyn Nets 122-104.
The crowd saluted Westbrook after he completed his 33rd triple-double of the season, leaving him eight shy of Oscar Robertson’s all-time record of 41.
Westbrook, who finished with 25 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds, later admitted he had been taken aback by the warmth of his reception.
“They were loud. I thought something happened,” Westbrook said. “I was wondering why they were screaming so loud. I thought they were giving something out in the crowd or something.”
RESULTS: Golden State 106 Philadelphia 104, New Orleans 100 Portland 77, Oklahoma City 122 Brooklyn 104, NY Knicks 87 Indiana 81, Cleveland 128 Detroit 96. AFP
Warriors’ Stephen Curry aims to shoot as Sixers’ players defend in their NBA game on Tuesday.